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Jihadists behead Sunni tribesmen in Syria

Wednesday, August 06, 2014    

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BEIRUT, Lebanon (AFP) — Islamic State jihadists beheaded three fighters from a Sunni tribe that is battling the extremist group in eastern Syria, a monitor said yesterday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the group had decapitated the men and put their heads on display in Jerthe a day after seizing the town in Deir Ezzor province.

The fighters are from the Sunni Shaitat tribe, which has been clashing with the Islamic State for nearly a week in parts of the oil-rich province, after a deal between the two sides collapsed.

The IS has captured most of Deir Ezzor and declared it to be part of its "caliphate", along with large swathes of territory it has captured across the border in Iraq.

The Observatory said Syrian regime planes carried out raids against the IS in Jerthe and near the town of Baseera, killing five members of the group yesterday.

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